Authorities: Tiger Woods hurt in car crash at home

Posted Nov. 27, 2009, at 3:34 p.m.
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2009 file photo, Tiger Woods, of the United States, tips his cap to the crowd after he finished his final hole in Melbourne, Australia, during the Australian Masters golf tournament at Kingston Heath. Authorities say Woods has been seriously injured in a car wreck in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says the PGA star hit a fire hydrant and a tree as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in his 2009 Cadillac sport utility vehicle.  Woods was taken to Health Central Hospital. His condition was not immediately known, though the news release said his injuries were serious.  (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2009 file photo, Tiger Woods, of the United States, tips his cap to the crowd after he finished his final hole in Melbourne, Australia, during the Australian Masters golf tournament at Kingston Heath. Authorities say Woods has been seriously injured in a car wreck in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says the PGA star hit a fire hydrant and a tree as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in his 2009 Cadillac sport utility vehicle. Woods was taken to Health Central Hospital. His condition was not immediately known, though the news release said his injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2004, file photo, Tiger Woods leaves the Firestone Country Club with Elin Nordegren after the third round of the NEC Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio. Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community near Orlando, Fla., authorities said. (AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel, File) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2004, file photo, Tiger Woods leaves the Firestone Country Club with Elin Nordegren after the third round of the NEC Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio. Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community near Orlando, Fla., authorities said. (AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel, File) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **
This image taken from video provided by WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla. shows a damaged area in front of Tiger Woods' home in the Isleworth subdivision near Orlando, Fla. Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early Friday when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community, authorities said. (AP Photo/WESH-TV)  TV OUT  NO SALES
This image taken from video provided by WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla. shows a damaged area in front of Tiger Woods' home in the Isleworth subdivision near Orlando, Fla. Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early Friday when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community, authorities said. (AP Photo/WESH-TV) TV OUT NO SALES

ORLANDO, Florida — Champion golfer Tiger Woods was injured in an accident early Friday when his sports utility vehicle struck a fire hydrant and a tree near his Orlando-area mansion in a gated waterfront community.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the world’s top golfer hit the hydrant and then a tree after pulling out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac SUV.

Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at Health Central Hospital and released in good condition. The accident report classified Woods’ injuries as serious, but patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said troopers consider the injuries serious if they require more than minor medical attention.

The FHP said alcohol was not involved, though the accident remains under investigation and charges could be filed. No one else was in the car, Montes said.

The accident happened at 2:25 a.m. (0725 GMT), though the FHP did not release the accident report until nearly 12 hours later.

Gary Bruhn, mayor of the adjacent community of Windermere, said police from that village were among the first on the accident scene and saw Woods with cuts on his face.

Woods’ $2.4 million home is part of the exclusive Isleworth subdivision near Orlando, a community set on an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and a chain of small lakes. The neighborhood, which is fortified with high brick walls and has its own security force, is home to CEOs and other sports stars such as the NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal.

The 33-year-old Woods, who has won 82 times around the world and 14 majors, attended the Stanford-Cal football game last Saturday, where he tossed the coin at the start of the game and was inducted into Stanford’s sports Hall of Fame at halftime.

He also traveled to China and Australia earlier in the month, winning the Australian Masters on Nov. 15.

Woods was to host his tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, on Monday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

He won six times this year after missing eight months recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Even though he failed to win a major, Woods said he considered this a successful year because he did not know how his knee would respond.

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